Tails of Seattle: A pets blog
Pet events: Pool parties, happy hour and a hike
Posted by Judy Averill
Summer's heat finally arrives just as some pools are prepping to shut down for maintenance. That might be a bummer for humans looking to take a dip but it means party time for a few lucky water dogs.
Queen Anne Pool will be open for a dog swim event from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Saturday at 1920 1st Ave. W., Seattle. It's $12 per dog. Only dogs will be allowed in the pool but their humans pals can watch for free. A life guard will be on duty.
Pool rules for pooches:
Dogs must be at least 6 months old, up to date on vaccinations and have a current pet license. (Pet licenses will be sold on site.)
Canines must shower (with help from Seattle Parks and Recreation staff) and be inspected by animal shelter staff before entering the pool.
After the event, the indoor pool will be drained, cleaned and under go its regular maintenance. It will reopen for humans on Sept. 19.
If you live in Tacoma, check out the Pooch Pool Party on Sept. 10.
There will be three 90-minute shifts starting at 10 a.m. at Stewart Heights Pool, 402 E. 56th St., Tacoma. It's $10 for the first dog, $5 for the second with a limit of two dogs per person. Dog owners can watch for free. Donations of pet food will benefit Dugan Foundation.
If your dog prefers to keep all paws on land, here are a few weekend events that don't require getting wet:
Dogs Welcome hike: Hook on the leash, pack the water and load up on poop bags for a 4- to 6-mile hike with your dog. The hike starts at 10 a.m. Friday and has an 800- to 1,200-foot elevation gain. Wear your hiking shoes and take a daypack. Meet at Issaquah Alps Trail Club clubhouse, First and Bush streets, Issaquah.
Yappy Hour: In recognition of National Dog Day on Friday, The Maxwell Hotel is hosting a benefit for the Seattle Humane Society with food, drinks, doggy bags and canine contests. Well-behaved dogs are welcome and there will be adoptable dogs on site for those looking for a new housemate. The fun starts at 6 p.m. Friday, 300 Roy St., Seattle; $20 (206-286-0629).
Prefer to stay home? Curl up with your favorite pooch and watch a video celebrating National Dog Day:
On Saturday, help animals in need by creating a personalized tile. The Animal Hospice, End-of-Life and Palliative Care Project (AHELP) is sponsoring a Furry Friends event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that includes tile decorating at the Country Village in Bothell. For a $20 donation, participants will be able to use paint, stamps and stencils to decorate a 6x6 ceramic tile.
The tiles will be glazed, fired and ready for pick up at the next AHELP event on Sept. 8 at the Shoreline Universalist Unitarian Church, 14724 1st Ave. N.E.
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